Thankfully Reading Weekend

For me it was a rare Thanksgiving this year in that I got to celebrate it with both my family back in Pennsylvania and my in-laws in both Pennsylvania and here in Missouri. Last week we made the 14 hour drive to see my family and stayed there for a week, we got to see my brother-in-law and his rambunctious and fun family on Saturday and celebrated Thanksgiving with my family on Sunday. Then we drove back on Monday to find that I had managed to catch my Dad’s cold, so I have been sick and recovering most of this week. It is a nasty one too, I’m still on cold medicine and still feeling pretty miserable. Yesterday we hosted Thanksgiving in our own home, for the first time in the new house, and invited over the in-laws. We had good food, good company and enjoyed watching a fantastic parade! I even forgot how miserable I felt for a few hours.

Now I’m ready to curl up with hot tea, Sudafed and a good book! I am ready to finish Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld on my Nook Color, which I am really excited about and might just dive into the second book in that series without stopping. It is a really fun book, it has elements of fantasy, science fiction, and steampunk, all tied up in a historical retelling of World War I, seriously could this book hit any more of my turn on buttons if it tried?

If my throat isn’t too sore I might try to read more of Frankenstein aloud to my husband, maybe. Frankenstein is seriously whiny and actually I’m kind of looking forward to him getting smacked upside the head and held responsible for what he did. The kids in the YA I’m reading are more mature than this man is! He actually seriously considers not learning a branch of science because the professor teaching the class isn’t hot looking enough. Who does that? Not to mention the whole, I created a monster and I’m going to run and hide like a child and hope he goes away and when he does I’m going to be like cool – whatever – and not spend one moment worrying in the next year and a half about the fact that a seven-foot monster just got unleashed on the unknowing masses – a monster that I was too terrified to do anything about and I made it and at least know what it is, thing.

I also have an audiobook of Guardians of the West by David Eddings. It’s the first book in the Malloreon series, a high fantasy that continues the adventures of the characters from the Belgariad series. My only problem is audio books and being sick don’t go together too well and I kept falling asleep last time and having to go back and re-listen to huge parts of it. I’m still not completely sure what’s going on where I’m at but I’m just pushing on at this point, I’m getting the gist of it anyway.

Okay, I just went back and read last year’s Thankfully Reading Weekend post and I was sick then too! I’m not chronically sick, I swear. ‘Tis the season, I guess.

I hope you all have health, happiness and books this Thanksgiving weekend. I know I am thankful for a full weekend to recover and read!

Book I Am Most Thankful For

The book I am most thankful for this year is the anthology Welcome to Bordertown edited by Ellen Kushner and Holly Black. I have been a huge fan of the shared world of Bordertown since I was a young teen and devoured every book an author ever contributed to the series. In the series the world of Faerie has suddenly returned and Bordertown becomes its port of call so to speak. It is a town on the edge of Faerie and the world of the Real where “magic meets rock and roll”. Technology doesn’t work quite right, but neither does magic either and humans and elves both looking to escape their respective worlds end up struggling to live in this new society that is created right on the Border where their worlds meet.

It is a wonderful series that has been more or less abandoned for several years. Many credit the series as the first true urban fantasy, it was a pioneer in its day. That’s what makes this book so wonderful. Published this year Welcome to Bordertown is an anthology of all new stories centered around the idea that due to a strange fluke Bordertown has been cut off from us all this time since the last book was written, and what has been years for us has only been days there. This allows for several of the old guard to return and write all new stories in a modern day setting about their old beloved characters. It also opens the door for the next generation of authors who grew up reading Bordertown stories to join in and write about all new characters as Bordertown attempts to deal with a sudden inflow of iPhone toting, internet slanging, new age iGen kids in an X Generation/magical realm world.

8 Responses to Thankfully Reading Weekend

  1. Leeswammes (Judith)
    4:52 pm on November 25th, 2011

    Hopefully you’ll feel better soon! Take it easy and get some good reading done. How nice that you and your husband read together.

  2. Bitsy
    8:37 am on November 26th, 2011

    My mother-in-law often complains that her reading to her children so much when they were small has, instead of giving them a love of reading, given them a love of being read to! Actually this has introduced me to audio books which I was sure I would hate until I finally gave one a decent whirl.

  3. unfinishedperson
    6:13 pm on November 25th, 2011

    I think I might be coming down with a cold so I might be joining you with the tea, Sudafed (wife at store to pick up for me now) and a book. Sounds like you have a good pile of books there. I hope my pile works out…

    …just a note: In Google Chrome, your blog keeps switching designs…the post keeps going from longer horizontal to shorter horizontal. I’m not sure why, but I just thought you’d let know. Very odd.

  4. Bitsy
    8:49 am on November 26th, 2011

    I’ll definitely look into that, thanks so much for letting me know! So far my pile is working out pretty good for me, right at the level I can appreciate while still hopped up on cold medicine. I hope yours is going as well!

  5. Maria
    11:19 pm on November 25th, 2011

    David Eddings is my favorite author. I love all of his series and have read them each a few times. I’m happy to see people are still reading/listening to them!

  6. Bitsy
    10:57 am on November 26th, 2011

    I was so happy to rediscover him recently. I’ve been tearing through the Belgariad and am now working my way through the Malloreon. Looking forward to exploring his other series that I haven’t read before!

  7. Tif
    9:25 pm on November 25th, 2011

    I’m thankfully reading this weekend too! Good luck! I hope you get lots of rest and heal quickly! Now that I’m finally subscribed to your new feed, I can get caught up on all that I’ve missed recently! 🙂

  8. Bitsy
    3:44 pm on November 27th, 2011

    Yay! This read-a-thon was such a good idea, wasn’t it? I’m glad I got to participate in one of some sort at least, I was so sad to have missed the one in October. It was worth it though.

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